We made it. After days of torrential downpour and running a high risk of developing trench foot, we’re back from Larmer Tree Festival 2012 with tales to tell, musicians and comedians to rave about and peacocks to haunt our dreams for evermore. Despite the rain, the festival was still fantastic and hosted a great range of musicians and comedians from all around this blue planet of ours. It also boasted a quaint atmosphere. For example: at Reading, one would expect to find angry people setting fire to one’s tent, yet at Larmer Tree the worst that would happen is a peacock hiding those fabulous feathers of his away.
We’ve had the likes of Paloma Faith, Tim Minchin, Yes Sir Boss, The Miserable Rich, Amadou and Mariam and Daniel Simonsen already (click on the days to read the coverage: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3), but on our last day of coverage there were a couple of artists who really took our breath away. First up was Raghu Dixit, a man of many talents. Hailing from Mysore in India, he holds a Masters in Microbiology, and not works as a producer and film score composer, but also is a fantastic self taught singer songwriter. The most striking thing about this incredibly talented man was his incredibly powerful voice, and later in an interview he came across as incredibly philosophical, open minded and friendly. This interview will be coming up soon, so watch this space. The audio review of the concert is available online, and you can watch it below.
Raghu Dixit delivering a masterful performance.
We were also fortunate enough to interview The Imagined Village who are simply a treat to watch live. Started as a project of artists signed to the label “Real World Artists”, and featuring the likes of Billy Bragg and Paul Weller, they intended to reimagine folk songs in a way that highlighted the multiculturism of the United Kingdom, with incredible results. In the interview, lead singer Eliza Carthy stood out as an incredible woman with not only an incredibly voice, but an incredible devotion to the band and is indeed a far better example for young women than anything in the charts. Here’s Rose with an audio review of their gig.
The Imagined Village.
There was also an array of tasty treats, and best of all these delicious scones.
All in all, it’s been a great festival. Yes it’s rained. Yes it’s muddy. But there is such a quaint yet international feeling at this festival that reminds us all that there is such diversity and actual talent in the music scene still, and the world is such a small place with the same wants, loves and desires. And of course a plethora of peacocks. We’ve had some great interviews, and some great reviews that are available to listen to here, or if you’re so inclined you can read all our coverage here. Jolly good show Larmer Tree.
Mr. Peacock thanks you kindly for reading.